Using sighting records to infer extinction in three endemic Argentinean marsupial frogs

Authors

  • M. S. Akmentins,

    1. CONICET – Centro de Investigaciones Básicas y Aplicadas, Universidad Nacional de Jujuy, Jujuy, Argentina
    2. Instituto de Bio y Geociencias del NOA, Universidad Nacional de Salta, Salta, Argentina
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  • L. C. Pereyra,

    Corresponding author
    1. Instituto de Bio y Geociencias del NOA, Universidad Nacional de Salta, Salta, Argentina
    • CONICET – Centro de Investigaciones Básicas y Aplicadas, Universidad Nacional de Jujuy, Jujuy, Argentina
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  • M. Vaira

    1. CONICET – Centro de Investigaciones Básicas y Aplicadas, Universidad Nacional de Jujuy, Jujuy, Argentina
    2. Instituto de Bio y Geociencias del NOA, Universidad Nacional de Salta, Salta, Argentina
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Correspondence

Laura C. Pereyra. CONICET – Centro de Investigaciones Básicas y Aplicadas, Universidad Nacional de Jujuy, Gorriti 237, 4600, Jujuy, Argentina.

Email: lcpereyra@conicet.gov.ar

Abstract

Three species of marsupial frogs of the genus Gastrotheca are at the forefront of amphibian conservation concern in Argentina. Most of the data available on these amphibian species in the country are in the form of museum collections. In this study, we use the recent rediscovery of G. gracilis to test the applicability of a series of probabilistic methods and a trend analysis to analyse the sighting records in the marsupial frog species of Argentina, and to assess the probability that G. christinani and G. chrysosticta are still extant. The results suggest that the two marsupial frog species are still extant, but probably declining. Based on these results, we suggest as a precautionary measure to raise the actual conservation status of these marsupial frog species to Critically Endangered.

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